Tea is warming, soothing, comforting, and relaxing — the perfect combination when feeling a little under the weather. It’s also a great source of hydration, which is vital when recuperating from illness.
At minimum, a cup of tea is soothing to the senses and may help revive your spirit. Keep reading to learn which ingredients are considered the most beneficial in tea to help support your immune system.
Which Tea Is Good For Immune System Support?
There are a wide variety of teas for individuals to choose from based on their preference. Whatever blend you try, you’re doing something good for your body, so the best tea for you is the one you enjoy and will drink most often. Here are a few ingredients commonly thought of as wellness powerhouses.
Ginger has been used as an herbal remedy in Chinese and Ayurvedic traditions for centuries and is considered helpful with various ailments including digestion and immune system support. The natural spiciness of ginger can help open nasal passages for easier breathing, so it’s great for helping to ease cold and flu symptoms. Researchers have taken note of the benefits of ginger: a 2021 study showed improvement in some COVID-19 symptoms for some participants taking ginger and echinacea. Ginger tea can also be brewed longer than other teas, so if you enjoy your ginger stronger and spicier, you can experiment with how long you steep it. Ginger is also high in Vitamin C, a well-known immunity booster. Twinings Immune Support+ Vitamin C pairs the warm spice of ginger with uplifting mango flavour and other immunity-supporting ingredients like hibiscus and licorice root. You can also try Twinings Supportive Ginger for a different flavour experience.
Lemongrass contains Vitamins C and A. Its light citrus flavour is uplifting and energising, making it a great choice when you feel a little run down and need some refreshing, revitalising energy in your day. It is also beneficial for digestion support, which is extremely useful considering the link between immunity and gut health. Twinings Immune Support+ Zinc tea includes lemongrass and several other ingredients to help support your wellbeing.
The famously beautiful flowers of hibiscus are a common ingredient in a variety of wellness teas for immune system support and contains immune-supporting Vitamin C. Hibiscus is such a well-loved ingredient that it’s included in all of our teas for immunity: Twinings Immune Support+ Zinc, Twinings Immune Support+ Vitamin C, Twinings Immune Support+ Vitamin C Cold Water Infusions, and Twinings Supportive Ginger.
Licorice root has long been used to soothe the throat when it is irritated. Singers and speakers have used lozenges or gargles containing licorice to soothe the throat and prevent a loss of voice. Because there are so many plants available that can impart a licorice flavour, some so-called “licorice” products on the market don’t actually include licorice root, so be sure to check the ingredients list. Twinings Immune Support+ Zinc, Immune Support+ Vitamin C, and Supportive Ginger teas for the immune system all contain real licorice root.
With its soothing, cooling, minty flavour, it’s easy to see why peppermint would be an ideal choice. Peppermint is not only comforting for a sore throat, it can also help ease stomach discomfort and nausea. The oils in peppermint are wonderful to inhale to help with congestion, so breathe in your steaming cup deeply. You can try Twinings Peppermint if you like a strong mint flavour. Our Immune Support+ Zinc includes spearmint leaf, which offers the same benefits but a more subtle flavour thanks to a lower menthol content.
Berries are high in Vitamin C and there are many to choose from. Elderberry is a frequent favourite for cold and flu remedies. Elderberry is high in fibre, which helps support gut health and, therefore, immunity support. For a berry flavour explosion, try Twinings Berry Fusion, Twinings Mixed Berry Premium Black Tea, or Twinings Wild Berry. We’ve also included berries, their leaves, and berry flavours in our Immune Support+ Zinc tea for immune system support.
Citrus ingredients are high in Vitamin C. You can find citrus ingredients across a variety of Twinings blends. For immunity, Twinings Immune Support+ Vitamin C contains Vitamin C from ascorbic acid and other ingredients. Also try Twinings Supportive Ginger which includes natural lime flavour and lime peel.
Support Your Health with Twinings Tea for Your Immune System
While tea is no substitute for a visit to the doctor when you’re ill, it’s a great way to give your body a little extra help.
With our Master Blenders’ and Expert Herbalists’ 250 years of collective experience, Twinings teas for immune support incorporate fine, high-quality ingredients that have been trusted for centuries. We also offer the most enticing flavours available, so you never have to sacrifice great taste to enjoy a wellbeing drink. Check out our full line of wellness teas — each is carefully crafted to offer blends that taste great and do you good.